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Ski recommendation - intermediate (answered key questions) [Australia, first purchase]

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi guys,

 

I'm heading up to Mt Hotham this year to work a season. I think it makes more sense economically to purchase mid-range skis, instead of renting them for about $200 per week. I don't currently own skis, so I'm after a set that will suit me for general alpine purposes.

 

Answers to the key questions:

1. Where in the world are you skiing?

At the moment, Australia, but I also want to ski often in Canada and Japan.

 

2. What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)?

Mainly groomed runs.

 

3. How many days a year do you ski?

I'm fairly new, but plan to do at least two weeks a year onwards (as well as working a season in Canada over this Christmas).

 

4. How advanced are you as a skier?

I'm an intermediate (can handle basically all black and blue runs at Furano, Japan, not sure how they compare to worldwide run rankings); I'm getting better rapidly so want skis that will allow improvement.

 

5. What's your height and weight?

172.3cm, 68.6kg

 

Any advice? Specific dimensions/style/model/brand recommendations would be greatly appreciated so I can do some research!

 

Cheers,

RiptoRises

post #2 of 16
How aggressively do you ski? That also plays a big part.
post #3 of 16
Do you own your own boots? Boots first. As cool as the skis are, boots are your most important equipment. For new skiers, they are almost invariably purchased too big, the wrong flex, etc. Better to ask about how to buy the boots than the skis at this point in your development.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThomasChalker View Post

How aggressively do you ski? That also plays a big part.

Oh, cool. I ski moderately, but I do like high speeds so I'm heading more towards the aggressive side for my level.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Do you own your own boots? Boots first. As cool as the skis are, boots are your most important equipment. For new skiers, they are almost invariably purchased too big, the wrong flex, etc. Better to ask about how to buy the boots than the skis at this point in your development.

Nope, no boots yet. Thanks for this tip. So... what boots should I get? I wear a 9-9.5 (Aus) shoe size.

 

Cheers,

RiptoRises

post #5 of 16
No one here can tell you what boots to get. For that, you need to find a good boot fitter. NOT A GUY IN A SHOP WHO HAPPENS TO HAVE A JOB SELLING BOOTS. Ask around, get references, check credentials. You might start a thread just to get names of boot fitters in your area. Read up on how to buy boots. One article is here: http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me
post #6 of 16
What Sib said. I'm pretty sure there's an Epic bootfitter in VIC, paulski maybe?
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey, good news! Found a highly recommended bootfitter in Melbourne (Eastern Mountain Centre for those local), and had custom boots and footbeds made up yesterday. They feel awesome and will give me lots more control.

The bootfitter recommended Salomon Mustang skis, they're two seasons old so on sale for AU$650. He said they're an advanced ski (which will allow improvement), good for groomed runs but also multi-purpose.

What are your thoughts on this? Would love other recommendations that won't break the bank.

Cheers,
RiptoRises
post #8 of 16

Congrats on finding a bootfitter to guide you in your boot purchase.  Good decision.

I'm not familiar with the Mustang ski from Salomon, but here's what Ski Canada had to say about them.  I would rank Ski Canada is among the better reviews.

http://skicanadamag.com/ski-tests/ski-test-2012/on-piste-cruisers-2012/salomon-mustang-2012

post #9 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by RiptoRises View Post

Hey, good news! Found a highly recommended bootfitter in Melbourne (Eastern Mountain Centre for those local), and had custom boots and footbeds made up yesterday. They feel awesome and will give me lots more control.

The bootfitter recommended Salomon Mustang skis, they're two seasons old so on sale for AU$650. He said they're an advanced ski (which will allow improvement), good for groomed runs but also multi-purpose.

Cheers,
RiptoRises

 

You are 172.3cm (5' 6"), 68.6kg (151 lbs).

How long are those Mustangs?

They are carvers with a 72 waist, and 17m radius at 170 cm long.

Might be a bit beefy for our OP, but not sure.

post #10 of 16

I would wait until you get to the resort area to find/buy skis.  

Make some friends, ask around, try craigslist or your local equivalent, perhaps you can borrow or find an old pair for little or no cost and just try things out until you improve and are ready to plunk down hard earned for something really specific.

post #11 of 16
You could maybe think about the Rev 80 Pro. Levelninesports has them really cheap with bindings, with free shipping to Aus and NZ until Monday.

163 may be a tad too short though, and 177 is almost certainly too long.
post #12 of 16
post #13 of 16

I completely agree, especially as the OP states the skis are a couple of seasons old.

 

Skis down here are generally more expensive than skis in the US, but if you know what you're looking for, where to look, and are flexible about brand / model, there are some great skis around for less than half that price.

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone,

 

Thanks a lot for your awesome responses. I've been out of Internet contact up on the mountain for a while, which is why I didn't reply sooner.

 

I should have started looking for skis sooner; ultimately, instead of messing around with getting fast postage to the top of the mountain, I ended up buying the Mustangs. They're going great so far, and have a lot of bounce to them (they're not sinking in our two-day-old powder either!).

 

For the future, it's cool to know the sort of thing I'm looking for, and where to search for more cost-efficient skis. Thanks again, and sorry I paid $650 :).

 

Cheers,

RiptoRises

post #15 of 16
Eh, it's not the worst thing in the world. As the saying goes, you date your skis, but you marry your boots. And now that you've got your first skis the pressure's off. Demoing is the best way to pick a ski, especially if you demo from an on-mountain shop so you can try more than one ski a day, but so long as you're having fun, there's no need to be greedy. wink.gif

How do those boots feel? And what length ski did you end up with?
post #16 of 16
Enjoy them. They look like decent sticks for Oz.
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